Methow Press has published its first game, a Methow-valley spin on the classic “Authors” card game. The Methow version features writers such as William Stafford, Owen Wister, Cindy Williams Guttierrez and Wendell George instead of Shakespeare, Dickens, Alcott and company, according to a press release.
The press release notes that there are more than 50 writers active in the valley, including several who have published multiple books.
“The idea of the game is nearly identical to ‘Go Fish,’ pitting players against one another in a fast-paced test of memory — except instead of collecting sets of four numbers, players collect sets of four titles by a given author,” said Methow Press owner Gregg Wright, who created “Methow Authors.” Other writers in the Methow deck include novelists Kaki Warner, Dia Calhoun and Peter Donohue.
Wright himself has more than 20 published titles to his credit, and is also a game inventor. “Methow Authors” is the first of a series of locally-themed games that Methow Press will be rolling out this summer, he said. Other titles will include “Winthrop’s Wild,” “Roundup!,” and “Buffaloed!”
“The design of the game requires 13 authors with at least four titles to their credit,” Wright said in the press release. “The valley has many first-time writers, and another dozen with two or three books under their belt; but the pool meeting the four-title requirement is limited.”
“Methow Authors” can be found in its initial limited edition for $14.95 at Methow Valley Goods; The Confluence: Art in Twisp; and The Iron Horse in Winthrop.